The Present Age Weekly Recap: February 4, 2022
Gold cubes, not-your-grandpa's Newsweek, silence from the free speech crowd, and recommendations to get your weekend going.
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This was a big we(e/a)k for the world of media.
On Monday, I wrote about the predictable silence on Republican efforts to ban books about race and LGBTQ issues in classrooms and libraries (both school and public).
On Tuesday, I sent out a newsletter detailing the fall of Newsweek, illustrating how it went from respectable magazine to right-wing fever swamp by comparing how it used to refer to right-wing operative Jack Posobiec (“…an ‘alt-right’ internet activist best known for the ‘pizzagate’ conspiracy theory that falsely suggested Hillary Clinton ran a sex trafficking ring from a Washington, D.C., pizza joint”) to handing him the publication’s large platform for a dubious op-ed about China.
And on Wednesday, I bid CNN president Jeff Zucker a not-so-fond farewell.
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Posts from others that I want to draw attention to:
Over at The Uprising, Hunter Walker continues his great reporting on all things related to the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol and efforts to overturn the 2020 election.
On a related topic, with former President Donald Trump’s announcement that he may pardon people who tried to overthrow the government if he runs and wins the election in 2024, I highly recommend checking out Ruth Ben-Ghiat’s piece about how authoritarians use pardons to gain and accumulate power.
And on the topic of the ongoing brouhaha happening over at Spotify regarding Joe Rogan, I recommend checking out Ryan Broderick’s Garbage Day post featuring Max Collins from the band Eve 6 (you know, the “heart in a blender” song guy). It shines a light on some of the other big issues with streaming services like Spotify (namely, that a lot of artists, Eve 6 included, get screwed out of a lot of money).